Remember the incessant media punditry during the Democratic National Convention–particularly pervasive on Fox and CNN–which echoed GOP claims that what viewers were seeing wasn’t the true face of the party? (As Paul Krugman put it in response: “Apparently all those admirals, generals and decorated veterans were ringers.”)

Well, it’s going to be a lot easier to make the case that the GOP has had an extreme makeover when the party sends out its array of sort-of-moderate, pro-choice speakers while keeping neanderthals like Tom DeLay, Rick Santorum and Sam Brownback under wraps. But maybe it’s only fair that GOP moderates dominate the prime slots at the convention. After all, if Bush is elected in November they will not be seen or heard from again for four more years.